I found out disappointing news from my favorite airline, Delta. They no longer accept rabbits as checked baggage internationally. Only on *some* domestic flights will they allow rabbits in the cabin. Which ones? Call them and figure it out yourself.
This is very disappointing for me since I have in the past traveled with Delta on domestic and international routes with my pet rabbit. I hoped to have continued that service.
But when Northwest Airlines and Delta merged, the good old days were dead.
Of course, the other airline members in the Skyteam fare even worse:
Air France – Rabbits not permitted at all
KLM – Rabbits not permitted at all
Alitalia – Rabbits not permitted at all
Korean Air – Rabbits not permitted at all
China Airlines – Rabbits not permitted at all (ps your search box is broken!)
Delta Airlines – Rabbits allowed on some domestic flights
in cabin and checked baggage. NEVER for international flights on cabin, checked, or cargo.
Aeroflot – Rabbits not permitted at all (ps your website was written in 1984).
Alaska Airlines – They allow bunnies in the cabin on domestic flights!
United Airlines – They say yes. Called them and received conflicting answers. Their email service took TWO MONTHS to respond and even then their service was moronic, “we hope you found your answer.”
Update: We’ve started calling United Airlines again but as usual after 30minutes on the phone, the operator said “no” to rabbits (their website says “yes”) and put us on the hold again for another 15 minutes. This time they said pets can travel in CARGO only on international flights.
UPDATE 2: Rabbits allowed in cabin on domestic flights (though it took speaking two supervisors up in the chain of command) and cargo on international flights.
Continental Airlines – They say yes but like United they too don’t know the rules.
Update: Now that Continental is merged, it doesn’t matter.
Finnair – Their website says they accept “cats, dogs, and rodents” in cabins. You can get a rabbit to as far as JFK and that’s it. UPDATE, October 10th – The rabbit MUST BE in a hard case of 35cm max length. That length is impossible to fit a bunny. There are no exceptions. DO NOT TRAVEL WITH FINNAIR FOR CABIN. I have just had the worst nightmare ever.
At least Finnair ALLOWS rabbits internationally even if to only JFK in the United States. What a miracle.
Luftansa – Rabbits NOT permitted at all.
SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) – Rabbits NOT permitted at all.
One World team:
British Airways – Rabbits not permitted at all
American Airlines – Rabbits not permitted at all
Iberia – cannot be clarified through the website; must call.
Virgin and the Richard Branson club – Rabbits NOT permitted at all
And on EVERY airline listed above, cats and dogs can travel in the cabin.
It is well known that people discriminate against rabbits. Some people believe rabbits are only good for producing Easter eggs while some believe rabbits are relatives to the rodent family. They are not. Rabbits are part of the lagomorph family and don’t have much to do with rodents except for being furry and a mammal.
And the USDA considers rabbits to be chickens when it comes to meat processing.
I already emailed with several Delta representatives and the chance of ever taking a rabbit in cabin or via checked baggage internationally is the same as getting a ticket to the Moon.
Why rabbits are not considered equal pets in status to cats and dogs. Why are rabbits not awarded the same kind of travel opportunity?
Because the airlines hate cute, furry bunnies.
Rabbits are vegetarian, they make no noise, and few people are allergic to them.
Therefore, we can assume airlines do not like mammals that eat plants, are silent, and are allergy friends.
It must be better to have a screaming cat in front of you (e.g. my Air France flight from Mumbai to Paris) and have other passengers sneezing than let a rabbit on the plane. And the cat’s carrier had his own seat!
I contacted some House Rabbit Societies and rabbit organizations in the United States. Most did not know or didn’t bother answering. A couple HRS are looking into this to get more information. Perhaps we should start a massive campaign to “love thy flying bun?”
At the end, airlines must be so shocked to find pissed off passengers; stripping away benefits and hiking prices surprisingly does not make for happy customers. I fly out of necessity, not because I want to.
Is there any airline left in the world to have enough decency to let a bunny fly in the cabin? Or is all hope dead?